taking the words of Jesus seriously


A movement called Circle of Protection, since the start of the campaigns for the presidency started, has called upon each of the candidates to make a video in which there would be a response to the question, “What would you do as president to offer help and protection to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world?” The remaining candidates, with the exception of Donald Trump, have submitted videos answering the question.


Since a major part of Trump’s base of support is the Evangelical community, we Red Letter Christians ask all Evangelicals to be in touch with the Trump campaign offices in their communities and urge them to ask Trump to either post a video with his answer to this question or put out some kind of written statement that declares his intensions concerning the ways he offers hope for those who Jesus called “the least of these.”


Supporting this plea are such prominent Christian leaders as:


David Beckmann, President Bread for the World


Galen Carey, Vice President for Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals


John Carr, Director Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University


Sekinah Hamlin, Director, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative


Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander, The Salvation Army


Carlos Malave, Executive Director, Christian Churches Together in the USA


Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO, Catholic Charities USA


Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation


Amy Reumann, Director of Advocacy, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director, Justice, Peace and Human Development, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


Gabriel Saluguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition


Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network


Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners


Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ




About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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